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Thread #164277   Message #3929500
Posted By: DMcG
06-Jun-18 - 02:23 PM
Thread Name: ABC versus Standard Notation
Subject: RE: ABC versus Standard Notation
In my opinion was a bit of a silly argument, over on the other thread . The two systems were designed for different purposes. ABC in particular was designed to share music before it was possible to share images over the Internet. To achieve this, it used a pure text form, which happens also to make it ideal for searching.   Traditional notation is inherently image based, so if you want to do very precise layout, like slightly altering the physical positions of notes, but not timings, the image will be superior.

Or to put it another way, each has strengths and weaknesses, and how important each of these are is entirely dependant on how you use it.